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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during the inauguration of the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during the inauguration of the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda

Ayurvedic exports rose since Centre’s AYUSH push: PM

Modi said the prices of Ayurvedic herbs such as Tulsi and Ashwagandha went up after the covid outbreak

After the Centre officially adopted the AYUSH systems of medicine for the management and prevention of covid-19, exports of Ayurvedic products increased by about 45% in September, compared with 2019, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

The PM was speaking at a virtual event to inaugurate two future-ready Ayurveda institutions—Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda in Jamnagar, and the National Institute of Ayurveda in Jaipur— on the occasion of the 5th Ayurveda Day. “The significant increase in export of spices such as turmeric and ginger, considered as immunity boosters, shows the sudden boost in confidence in Ayurvedic solutions and Indian spices worldwide," said Modi.

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According to the government, the total export value of Ayurvedic and herbal products amounted to $446 million in the 2018-19. “Now in many countries, specialty drinks related to turmeric are also increasing and the world’s prestigious medical journals are also seeing new hope in Ayurveda," he added.

Modi said that after the covid-19 outbreak, prices of Ayurvedic herbs, such as Ashwagandha, Giloy and Tulsi, have majorly increased. The price of Ashwagandha has more than doubled compared with last year, and its direct benefit is reaching our farmers cultivating these herbs, he said.

On 14 September, the ministry of health and family welfare issued guidelines for recovered covid-19 patients, asking them to have chyawanprash, ayush kwath, turmeric milk, gooseberries and giloy, besides yoga and walking.

Modi said during the pandemic the focus was not only limited to the use of Ayurveda, but in advance research related to AYUSH in India and the world. On one hand, India is testing vaccines, on the other, it is also increasing international cooperation on Ayurvedic research to fight covid-19, he added.

According to Modi, research is going on in more than 100 sites, including the All India Institute of Ayurveda in Delhi which worked on the immune response of 80,000 Delhi Police personnel. It may be the world’s largest group study and the results are encouraging, and a few more international trials will also start soon , he added.

Meanwhile, India’s covid-19 count on Friday was at 8,749,661, with 482,089 active cases. At least 44,879 new covid cases were reported in the last 24 hours, the Union health ministry said.

Around 76.25% of the new cases were from 10 states and Union territories (UTs).

Delhi reported the maximum daily new cases of 7,053 followed by Kerala at 5,537 and Maharashtra at 4,496 cases.

Ten States/UTs account for about 80% (79.34%) of the 547 case fatalities have been reported in the past 24 hours taking the total toll to 128,884.

According to the Union health ministry, at least 22.3% of new fatalities reported are from Maharashtra which reported 122 deaths. Delhi and West Bengal follow with 104 and 54 new deaths, respectively.

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